Happy anniversary to us!! It’s been a year since we got this site off the ground and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come. I’m celebrating in my own way with a throwback to our very first post by once more talking about The 1975.
Since I last told you to listen to them, a lot has changed: they’ve released a new album (the epically titled I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It), and their aesthetic has changed from black-and-white to pink-and-blue. What hasn’t changed, though, is their ability to write stupidly catchy songs that have a certain depth to the lyrics (even if they’re still impossible to understand on the first listen. Or the sixth).
I saw them (for the fourth time) a few weeks ago and it was my first time witnessing this new version of them live. Let me tell you, it’s been an adventure watching how far they’ve come in the past three years: the first time I saw them, they played a 600-capacity venue - this time, they performed in front of a crowd of 5000. They’re still the same band (unintelligible, most of the time), but they seemed to have gained confidence, and their stage design game has been upped (there are lots of lights and – gasp – colours now instead of the simple white rectangle of old). And while Matty may have gotten a bit chattier, they still play their set with enthusiasm, mixing old favourites with gorgeous new tracks. I sort of wish they weren’t so popular, though – it would be pure magic to hear “A Change of Heart” in an intimate club instead of an outdoor venue.
If you haven’t gotten around to listening to The 1975 over the past year, I highly recommend them. They’re pretty much taking over the world with their many festival appearances and sold out tour dates, so you might as well get into them now before they ascend to a higher level of being and become a bunch of recluses (I wouldn’t put it past Matty Healy to disappear in a swirl of fabric).